Licenses, Permits, & Requirements Resident (14 & older) $25.00 License and Permit Requirements

Licenses, Permits, & Requirements
It Is Unlawful
Permit Vendors
Nez Perce Express
License and Permit Requirements
(208) 746–6225
Valley Foods
(208) 843–2070
Red Shed Fly Shop
(208) 486–6098
Orofino Smoke Shop
(208) 476–4414
The Guide Shop
(208) 476–3531
Dale & Jill’s
(208) 935–2742
Purple Feather
(208) 926–7356
Tom Cat Sporting Goods
(208) 926–4359
Camas Express
(208) 924–9868
*Permits may also be purchased online
It is unlawful to take or attempt to take salmon by snagging. Snagging
shall mean the taking or attempting to take a fish by use of a hook or
lure in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a fish to
strike with, and become hooked in it’s mouth. A salmon that has been
hooked anywhere other than its mouth or jaw must be released.
The following acts are unlawful by statute or commission rule
for non-Indian holders of this permit. They are listed here for
your information. Please consult Title 36, Idaho Code, or the
2014-2015 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules for exact wording
and complete listing.
To fish within the posted upstream or downstream
boundary of any fish weir or trap.
To refuse to produce license or fish for inspection upon
request by a conservation officer.
To fail to stop and report at check stations that have
been established to inspect licenses and fish and game.
To possess, transport or use as bait any live fish,
leeches, frogs, salamanders, waterdogs, or shrimp as
bait, except that live crayfish may be used if caught on
the body of water being fished.
To catch any part of another person’s bag limit,
EXCEPT in the case of license-exempt persons fishing
for salmon.
To transport for another or accept as a gift any game
fish, unless a statement signed by the taker
accompanies the fish, showing the number and kinds,
the date taken, the taker’s name, address and fishing
license number.
To claim ownership to more fish taken within the state
of Idaho than allowed by established possession limits.
To ship any fish by commercial carrier unless the
outside of the package is marked as to the number and
kinds of fish and the package contains a written
statement showing the taker’s name, address and
fishing license number.
To use seines, dip nets, spears, snag hooks, or any
other contrivances in taking any fish from the waters of
the state EXCEPT as allowed by Commission
To waste game fish.
To sell fish without a permit.
It Is Lawful
To purchase salmon from an enrolled Nez Perce Indian fishermen
lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved to them by the Treaty of 1855,
provided that fish are sold during a tribally authorized commercial sales
season (a sales receipt must be provided to the purchaser as required
per Tribal law for tribal members selling fish).
Resident (14 & older)
Non-Resident (14 & older)
Non-Resident (14 & older) 3-Day
Fishing License and Salmon Permit in possession to fish
for salmon, except Free Fishing Day, June 14, 2014.
Any person, age 14 and older, who does not qualify as a
resident must purchase a permit.
In order to qualify for resident status, a person must be
domiciled in the state for at least six months.
Children (including nonresidents) under the age of 14
may fish without a salmon permit provided they are
accompanied by the holder of a valid permit and that any
salmon greater than 24 inches total length kept must be
recorded on the permit holder’s card and all salmon kept
must be counted in the permit holder’s legal bag,
possession, and season limit.
Resident children under the age of 14 may purchase their
own salmon permit so that they may catch their own limit
of salmon.
Nonresident children under the age of 14 may purchase a
Nonresident salmon permit so that they may catch their
own limit of salmon.
2014 Spring Chinook
Salmon Harvest Season
The holder of a valid Idaho Fishing License and Salmon Permit may
also fish for salmon in the Clearwater River within the boundaries of
the 1863 Nez Perce Reservation.
The holder of a Nez Perce Tribal permit may use two fishing poles at
no additional charge.
Salmon in this brochure refer to anadromous (ocean run) Chinook
salmon of the species Oncorhynchus tshawytscha.
A Idaho State license or permit is not needed when you
have a Nez Perce Tribe permit.
Nez Perce Tribe
Fishing Hours
These waters are open to fishing for salmon during the periods
listed. Waters not specifically designated below remain closed
unless opened by Idaho Fish & Game. In all waters open to
salmon fishing, the season is 7 days a week until further notice.
Fishing for salmon is permitted only during the hours shown in the table
below. These times are approximately 1 ⁄2 hour before sunrise to 1 hour
after sunset. Beginning and ending times for salmon fishing are shown
by week for Pacific Time.
The following areas open to fishing within the Nez Perce
Reservation boundries for Chinook salmon on April 26,
Mainstem Clearwater River (Lower): From Hatwai Creek
adjacent to the Clearwater River Casino upstream to the
Highway 12 (Arrow) Bridge.
Clearwater River (Middle): From a posted boundary at the
tip of land below the Dworshak Hatchery at the mouth of the
North Fork Clearwater River upstream to the Orofino Bridge.
Mainstem Clearwater River (Upper): From the Orofino
Bridge upstream to the highway 11 Greer Bridge.
North Fork Clearwater River: Salmon fishing from any
watercraft is prohibited. Open to bank angling from the mouth
upstream to Dworshak Dam (see Special Restrictions section).
Middle Fork Clearwater River: From its confluence with
the South Fork Clearwater River to upstream to the Highway
12 Bridge at milepost #79.
Special Restrictions
AM Begin Time
PM End Time
April 22 – May 18
May 19 – June 15
June 16- July 20
July 21- August 17
Mainstem Clearwater River: Fishing from the shoreline or wading
along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited.
Fishing is also prohibited in the area of the ladder at the Nez Perce
Tribal Hatchery (approximately 1 mile upstream of the Cherrylane
Bridge) as delineated by posted boundaries approximately 100 yards
upstream and downstream from the ladder, and extending into the
river channel approximately 50 yards.
In the big Eddy near Lenore Rest Area at milepost 28 on US Highway
12, fishing from any watercraft is prohibited from a posted boundary
downstream of river mile 27.6 extending to the posted boundary at
river mile 28.0.
North Fork Clearwater River: The mouth of the North Fork
Clearwater River is defined as a straight line between the posted
signs located at the Clearwater Hatchery outlet culvert on the west
side and at the tip of land below the Dworshak Hatchery on the east
side. Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of
Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited. Fishing from any
watercraft or wading is prohibited between the posted line
approximately 150 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork
Clearwater River to the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge. When fishing
from the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge, it is unlawful to take or attempt
to take any fish downstream of the railroad bridge. Fishing from the
railroad bridge is prohibited.
Methods of Take
Only barbless hooks may be used when fishing for salmon.
Bending the barb down to the shank of a single, double, or
treble hook will meet this requirement.
It is unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch measured
from the point of the hook to the shank.
Well Flattened Barb
Harvest Rules
Only hatchery salmon with a clipped adipose fin (as evidenced by a
healed scar) may be kept. All salmon with an intact adipose fin must
be immediately released unharmed back to the water.
Daily, Possession, & Season Limits
Wild or hatchery salmon with
an unclipped adipose fin MUST
be released immediately.
*Adult Chinook Salmon are 24 inches or more in length.
*Jack Chinook Salmon are less than 24 inches in length.
Clearwater River Casino
Tribal fisheries also occur in
Idaho. They are governed by the
Tribe and have different rules than
Idaho sport fisheries. Please be
respectful and honor these
different fishing traditions and
Season Limit: No person may take more than twenty (20)
adult Chinook salmon statewide during 2014 salmon
seasons occurring prior to September 1, 2014. Anglers must
cease fishing for salmon when they retain their season limit.
Salmon greater than 24 inches total length must be
recorded on your salmon permit. Salmon less than 24
inches total length count in the bag and possession limit but
need not be recorded on the permit.
Anglers may not fish in waters having special limits while in
possession of fish in excess of those limits. (For example:
an angler may not fish in the Mainstem North Fork or Middle
Fork Clearwater if they have harvested one or more adult
salmon in another river section that day.
HWY 12 Milepost #79
Daily Limit: 4 Chinook Salmon only 2 may be adults with
the exception that only one (1) adult may be from the
mainstem Clearwater, or Middle Fork Clearwater.
Possession Limit: 12 Chinook Salmon no more than six
(6) may be adults except that no more than three (3) can be
from the Mainstem Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, or
Middle Fork Clearwater. “Possession limit” shall apply to
salmon while in the field or being transported to the final
place of consumption or storage.
Not greater than 5/8
inches Only barbless
hooks may be used
Hatchery salmon may be kept if
the adipose fin has been clipped
It shall be unlawful to fish in any waters while having fish in
possession which violate rules for those waters.
No person shall have in the field or in transit a hatcheryproduced adult anadromous salmon that has been
processed by removing the head and tail unless the
following conditions are met: 1) the fish has been recorded
on the taker’s salmon permit; 2) the fish is processed and
packaged with the skin naturally attached to the flesh
including a portion with a healed, clipped, adipose fin scar
and 3) it must be packaged in a manner that the number of
fish harvested can readily be determined. No person shall
transport processed salmon via boat. Jack salmon may not
be processed while in the field or in transit. Any processed
salmon count towards an angler’s possession limit while in
the field.
All salmon that are hooked, landed and reduced to
possession shall be counted in the limits of the person
hooking the fish.
Salmon caught in a legal manner must be either released
or killed immediately after landing.